Raika is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and she is passionate about combining yoga with her social justice work. She works to bring yoga to underserved communities that have limited access to yoga, and teaches classes for local non-profit organizations such as Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline and Hands to Heart Center in Boston.
Through teacher training, Raika discovered the power of self-exploration with the support of a gracious and loving community. Yoga has taught her how to explore her perceived physical and mental limitations as well as to appreciate the beauty of being a student.
Her teaching encourages her students to discern how internal acts of consciousness can affect one’s physical world just as the movement of an asana practice can impact one’s internal world. Raika's classes are shaped by her compassionate touch and are characterized by a balance of restorative poses and mindful vinyasa movement. She enjoys teaching based on her own personal practice and incorporates attention to alignment and integrity in the asanas, which are fueled and supported by the breath.
Raika completed her 200-hour teacher training with the New School of Yogic Arts at Coolidge Corner Yoga under the guidance and instruction of Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. Her yoga practice and approach to teaching are also inspired by Nadine Channaoui and aspects of Forrest Yoga and Yin.